The Rise in Rare Childhood Hip Joint Disorders Linked to Obesity and Low Vitamin D

In Gurugram, doctors have raised concerns about the rising cases of rare childhood hip joint disorders due to obesity, low vitamin D levels, and lack of physical activity among children aged 10-12. Slip Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE) poses a threat to mobility, and timely intervention is crucial to prevent severe limb impairments and joint destruction.

Dr. Sanjay Sarup from Artemis Hospitals emphasized the importance of early detection and treatment, especially in adolescents with obesity and vitamin D deficiency, to avoid extensive surgeries. Preventive measures such as physical activity, weight management, and addressing nutritional deficiencies can significantly reduce the risk of developing SCFE.

Treatment costs for SCFE vary based on severity, with small surgeries costing between Rs 70,000 to Rs 80,000 and more extensive procedures ranging from Rs 2 to Rs 2.5 lakh. Prof. P.N. Gupta from Government Medical College, Chandigarh highlighted the complexities of treating SCFE and the challenges in ensuring a normal hip for children post-treatment.

It is essential for parents and healthcare providers to be vigilant about the signs of SCFE in children, especially those at risk due to obesity and low vitamin D levels. Early intervention and proactive measures can help children regain mobility and prevent long-term joint complications, ultimately improving their quality of life.


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